Be Pro Be Proud Workshop To Visit UACCM

Semi truck carrying the mobile workship

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop, an Arkansas-based workforce initiative designed to increase the number of skilled professionals in the state, from September 28 to October 2. The workshop will take place partially on campus, including an evening event, with the workshop also scheduled to visit schools in the area. These events are free and open to the community. 

While on the UACCM campus, the workshop will be located in the University Center parking lot. On other days, the workshop will take place at nearby high schools. Guidelines are in place to protect the health and wellness for participants, including a limitation of 10 people in the workshop at a time.

Schedule

  • Monday, September 28 – Wonderview High School (WHS Students Only), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 29 – UACCM, 2:00 pm - 7:00 p.m. 
    • Snacks and drink will be provided by Koontz Electric from 1:00 to 3:00. 
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Morrilton High School, (MHS Students Only) 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 1 – UACCM, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 2 – Nemo Vista High School (NVHS Students Only), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Established in 2016, the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop encourages student participation in 16positions that are in high demand in Arkansas, including in the fields of construction, trucking, welding, manufacturing, HVAC, and others. The 78-food mobile unit workshop showcases the makeup of these positions with interactive work stations that engage participants through immersive gaming, skills challenges, and video. The program is an initiative of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and associated with industries of Arkansas.

Be Pro Be Proud’s goal is to address a skills gap of technical labor in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, approximately 60,000 openings of job positions exist in Arkansas with the majority being in high-skilled technical fields. This corroborates with a national trend of a labor shortage, with 82 percent of manufacturers nationwide reporting a moderate or serious shortage of skilled workers. In Arkansas, the challenge is related to an aging workforce in these fields, with 23 percent of these professionals near retirement age. 

For more information, contact Denise Pote, coordinator of workforce development and community education, at (501) 977-5322, or at workforce@uaccm.edu.

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